American Jewish groups are pretending that the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters really isn’t a big deal. Why? Because, writes Peter Beinart on the Daily Beast, Israel wants Egypt’s military to remain in charge.
Officially, however, Israel itself has not commented on Egypt’s internal
affairs, either before or after this week’s events. Beacause, as Haartez, quotes an Israeli official:
“Anything we say will be held against us,” said an Israeli official,
speaking on the condition of anonymity because of what he described as
the “volatility” of the diplomatic situation. “If we condemn the
violence we will be accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood,” he
said, referring to rumors already circulating to that effect. “And if we
say we don’t condemn it, then it looks like Israel is in cahoots with
the Egyptian Army.”
In reality, however, according to Beinart, groups like Aipac capaigned in favour of maintaining the American aid to Egypt. And according to the New York Times the generals in Egypt got the message from the Israel;i's that they doid not have to worry about that,. as Isarel itslef asked the American government to keep backing general Sisi and his collegues.
Apart from that former Israeli leaders made no secret of their sympathies:
“I think that the whole world should support Sisi,” Ehud Barak, a former prime minister and defense minister of Israel, said
on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” last weekend. He was referring to Egypt’s
military commander, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, who ousted Mr. Morsi, an
Islamist, last month.
Danny Yatom, former chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, told
Israel Radio on Friday that “there is no question that Israel prefers
the army to the Muslim Brotherhood and a secular regime over a religious
regime” in Egypt. And in the Jerusalem Post, former Defense minister Benyamin ben Eliezer said that Morsi wanted to turn Egypte in a kind of Iran an that general al-Sisi was the one to prevent that.
Israel has always shown a remarkable talent for making enemies in the Middle East. One would think that in the case of Egypt it would at least refrain from taking sides, particularly after the mistake that it took sides with Mubarak, just before he got kicked out. Opting for the bloody course the generals took and for the ones who are clearly re-installing the police state in Egypt as opposed to an evolution towards democracy, is a slippery course that once more demonstrates the destructive influence of the Zionist state in the Middle East. And in the long run it may alienate the Egyptians even further than is already the case.